Is stander or sit down harder on spine?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MTenterprises, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. MTenterprises

    MTenterprises LawnSite Senior Member
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    Lots of variables, I know. Looking for overall opinions and facts. I need to make a buying decision ASAP. I've demoed the vantage 48 and am not sure about it. I'm leaning to the lazer z S 48.
     
  2. edensgate7

    edensgate7 LawnSite Member
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    Both chiros I have been to say that standing is better than sitting. Yes it is more tiring. The first 6 yrs I was in business I rand a walkbehind with a velke and had no back problems. Then I bought a lazer Z and after one season I had back pain. I am 29 yrs old 5'10 and 150 so I am not big by any means. After four seaons of worsening back pain I started going to a chiropractor. They suggested that I look into buying a stand-on mower again because of the reasons mentioned in the other thread. After 8 seasons of running the lazer z sitting down, going over really rough terrain, trying the fancy seats (which helped a little bit but not worth the 600 bucks ....sorry to those who worship the exmark mower as the god of all mowers in this forum..... I had to give a bad opinion on a part of an exmark mower but I think 8 seasons and exrays are proof enough that I am not making up lies) and seeing the exrays of my lower three disks in my back slowly getting squished into pancakes, I bought two grandstands last year. I now have little to no back pain and can go the chiro once a month instead of once a week:) Get the stander man! You don't want to ever have back surgery cause it never ends well. I would rather have a knee replacement or two than have my spine screwed up and be crippled from the waist down. Just my informed and fact-based opinion:)
     
  3. MTenterprises

    MTenterprises LawnSite Senior Member
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    Problem is I've already had one back surgery in 07 for ruptured L4 L5 ( lower lumbar) and its getting bad again.
     
  4. edensgate7

    edensgate7 LawnSite Member
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    and if for some reason you do buy the lazer despite what I said earlier do yourself a favor and run the tires at the lowest psi you can and pay allot of money for a fancy seat cause your spine is irreplaceable regardless of what mower you buy!
     
  5. edensgate7

    edensgate7 LawnSite Member
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    wow man that is too bad I feel your pain! :( (except haven't had surgery yet and hopefully won't till they get better technology to achieve more consistent positive results)
     
  6. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    i find that how you sit on the mower has alot to do with it as well. if you lean way back then your spine takes all of the abuse. (supposedly sitting with good posture?) if you lean forward slightly then your spine doesn't take the bumps so much. i have no pain from sitting but i can feel it if i lean back with my back flat against the seat going over bumpy spots in a yard. my normal tendency is to lean forward slightly and in that position i don't feel it in my back at all. i have no suspension seat either. doing this allows your upper torso to bend and flex when going over bumps rather than putting all that pressure straight on the discs in your back. good posture is good when sitting in a chair that doesn't move but it's bad when bouncing up and down. :laugh:
     
    Last edited: Feb 29, 2012
  7. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
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    How about you just ask your doctor that did your surgery I'm sure he will clear it up for you.
     
  8. MTenterprises

    MTenterprises LawnSite Senior Member
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    Heck he already said no more golf. I don't want to hear no more mowing! Lol
     
  9. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    if you've had back surgery your back is gonna hurt no matter what for the rest of your life. that's just how it goes and it does suck. do whatever makes you feel the best since the damage has already been done. that's all you can do. you can't undo what's already been done. you just have to cope with it the best you can.
     
  10. MTenterprises

    MTenterprises LawnSite Senior Member
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    True. Daily struggle from here to death. I'm only 35 too....
     

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